Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tiny Little Clothes



Georgia has long outgrown her newborn sized clothes, and I spent an evening last week boxing up the 0-3 month sizes.  I had lots of free time when I was pregnant, and I distinctly remember picking out each outfit...when and where I bought it, and oh how I imagined my tiny little girl wearing each and every one of them.  Georgia played on her activity mat as I gently folded each little outfit and told her about it, and told her about how pretty she looked in it.

So now I have a big box of little clothes and I have no idea what to do with them.  Everyone tells me to save them "just in case" because clothing a baby is expensive (especially since 90% of Georgia's clothes are boutique or designer brands); I'm not sure that we will have more children.  And if I did, wouldn't I want to lovingly choose new clothes for the new baby?

I will eventually get it together and sell some of the items that are less special to me, and I plan on framing the dress she wore home from the hospital.  But what about the things that I just can't bear to part with?  What did y'all do with them?  Do you think I'll eventually be able to part with them once she's older and I'm (hopefully) less emotional?  Will Georgia want to have some of the timeless smocked dresses for her little girl some day?  Is it even possible to save clothes for 20+ years?  My mom has a couple of my toddler sized dresses that I hope Georgia can wear.  I have seen things like these DIY keepsake quilts given as baby shower gifts but do I want to spend $70 just to cut up clothes and frame them? 

I would love to hear your ideas on parting with or saving the baby clothes!

10 comments:

Veronika said...

I would probably keep the ones you really love in case you have another girl someday and then either sell or donate the others :)

Amy Drinkie said...

My mom kept all of our Feltman Bros. outfits. She had them all cleaned and pressed, and packed in tissue in my grandma's cedar closet. 30yrs later the white outfits are a little yellowed, but the blue, pink and yellow ones all look fine.

Amy said...

My mom saved our "special" outfits - what we wore home from the hospital, our first Christmas outfit, Easter outfits, etc. I would probably keep a lot of them for a few years, just in case another girl comes along, then donate!

The Hawkins said...

My mom just brought me some of the little smocked dresses I use to wear and I am so excited my daughter will get to wear them. I think she just saved them in zip locks in boxes.
I plan on saving Hollis' clothes until we see if we have another girl and after that selling them on Ebay or to a consignment store to get some money back for new clothes :)

Kate said...

SAVE THE SMOCKED DRESSES! My mom has a ton of mine for our new bebe, and I even have some that my great grandmother hand-smocked for my mother and her sisters. As far as I know, they weren't preserved in any way - just packed in the attic, wrapped in plastic.

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

I pack the outfits I want to save in space bags so they're not taking up a lot of room and are safe from dust and other elements.

mrs. darling said...

oh my goodness, i need to do this but keep putting it off because i KNOW i'll be so sad packing away her tiny clothes! i think i'm going to vacuum pack it all up and keep for a few years...just in case.

Jennifer said...

I have the same problem but here's the conclusion I've come to:
I have several favorites and things with her whole name or initials on them that I'm going to have a local lady make a quilt from.
Several of her smocked and heirloom dresses will be put up because I just can't part with them.
And we'll be framing her coming home dress too.

It's all so bittersweet to me.

Madeline @ Food, Fitness, Family said...

My mom saved my baptismal dress in a ziploc. 24 years later and it is still white - once it was dry cleaned it was like new!

Margaret said...

Chas-

My mom saved a lot of our nice dresses and favorite things and my sister's baby is wearing a lot of them now. She just put them in a trash bag and they have been sitting in our attic for almost 30 years. Although I would find a better method for storage than that. (Space bags sound like a good idea.) She found a great hand wash that took the yellow out of anything that needed it. It has been fun seeing Ellen dressed in things that Liz and I wore. I would def sell the trendier stuff, like Tory Burch sweaters and stuff like that which you will have a good chance of getting your money back on, and might not be stylish in 30 years anyway, but save all the handmade and classic styles. The money you'd get from them is not as great as seeing them on your grandchildren years from now.